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St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Holland, this means working to restore your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that most of our St. Louis, MO patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are frequently issued to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers provided by the AAN mention the fact that roughly half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to address the problem -- without risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment with Dr. Holland.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids